Inspiring TED talk from Architect Xavier Vilalta

As Architects, we are constantly looking for inspiration, and one place we commonly go to is TED talks.  If you haven’t seen this talk, it’s definitely worth a look. Barcelona-based Architect Xavier Vilalta reviews two projects in emerging countries. Both projects had the common goal of enhancing the community and connecting people & nature.  We were inspired by his fresh approach in these particular cities. Take a look at TED’s website


Xavier Vilalta: Architecture at home in its community on

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Marina Skiles Appointed to the Carbondale Planning & Zoning Commission

Congratulations to Marina Skiles for her appointment to the Carbondale Planning & Zoning Commission.  Marina has been an Architect in the Valley for 12 years and is well versed in land-use and zoning issues. With a profound admiration for the Town of Carbondale, Marina looks forward to using her experience to strengthen the urban fabric and seek opportunities to keep Carbondale safe and beautiful. In addition Marina wanted to set an example for her children to be civic minded and to volunteer whenever possible. We are so appreciative for Marina’s dedication to our Valley. For more information on Marina, please read her bio on our firm’s website.


Marina Skiles

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Making the Scene

The current Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) exhibition features Dante Ferretti: Design and Construction for the Cinema, which we cannot wait to see.  The premise of the exhibition, as MoMA’s description makes clear, is that Ferretti, who was born in 1943 and at age 17 began working as a production assistant on films by the director and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini, represents the end of a “100-year-long tradition of full-scale, studio-built environments for films.” Ferretti’s work includes Scorsese’s Hugo, Interview with a Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, and Scorsese’s Kundun, to name just a few. For more on the exhibit visit MoMA’s website.


Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. 2007. USA/Great Britain. Directed by Tim Burton

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Ryan Walterscheid joins Roaring Fork Leadership Class of 2014!

Proud to announce that Ryan Walterscheid, a Project Architect with CCA has joined the Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL) class of 2014. For over 26 years RFL has provided a curriculum geared towards critical thinking, collaboration, and engaging various perspectives.

Roaring Fork Leadership

Roaring Fork Leadership

With approximately 40 participants with varied backgrounds and professions, Ryan recently returned from an RFL retreat stating “This has been a very different experience as to what I had expected.  I have been through management training seminars before, but this has been much more relationship oriented.  Everything we have been introduced to has involved better ways to relate and communicate with others. I have taken a great deal from this in regards to a better way to find empathy with others, seeing where they are and what their needs might be, and then working towards that as the ultimate goal.” We look forward to sharing more about Ryan’s progression throughout the RFL program.

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CCA Featured on Today

Check out today’s Real Estate section for a collection of noteworthy elevators. We are so proud to be amongst the ten featured in today’s post. Willoughby Way’s glass elevator with surrounding walnut staircase works magically in this Red Mountain home in Aspen. Speaking to its mountainside site, the dark walnut frames the glass elevator spanning three floors. Truly unique and elegant in design, this stair juxtaposes the curving stair found on the other side of the 19,000 square foot home. For more photos of the project please visit our website photo collection.

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